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When will Jeff Niemann be back and will he be in the rotation or the bullpen?

Niemann is scheduled to make his final rehab start on Friday. That would mean he would be ready to start for the Rays on normal rest next Wednesday (the 29th). But it would make more sense to wait until Saturday (Sept 1) when rosters expand. But that would mean 8 days in between starts. Or maybe Niemann comes back before then and makes one appearance out of the bullpen. Either way, I would be surprised if Joe Maddon doesn’t use some form of a 6-man rotation for a couple of weeks to get the arms some late-season rest…ROTATION, BUT NOT FOR ANOTHER 12 DAYS

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Matt Joyce, RF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Ben Zobrist, SS
  6. Carlos Pena, 1B
  7. Luke Scott, DH
  8. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. David Price, SP

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  1. Beazy says:

    "I would be surprised if Joe Maddon doesn't..." isn't that a oxymoron, lol...

  2. Dave L says:

    I will be shocked if the Rays do anything other than pitch Price and Sheilds every 5th day.

    Forget a six man rotation that will not happen this time of year in a pennant race.

    IF Niemann starts looking like he deserves his starting job back and

    IF Cobb blows up or continues to look shaky ( which i dont predict) then he will develop a sore frammitz (like whatever fake ailment which Helli was forced to claim he had earlier in the year) and will miss a few starts to give Niemann some starts. No need to claim injury since the rosters will be expanded but it will be noted. Moore and Helli both missed enough starts that thier overall season load has been fine.

    If we make the Wild Card and move on, expect no more than a 4 man rotation featuring Price and the hottest of the other 5 but I doubt Niemann will make that cut.


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